I suppose the flip side of the "two-strips-in-one effect" you sometimes get in an update to a story comic like mine (as mentioned in last Wednesday's newspost) is that you also occasionally get strips like today's: stylistic indulgences that are admittedly pretty light on plot development. I do try to keep the story moving as much as I can, but sometimes you have to dial it back a bit for the purpose of good overall pacing. Well, and for the purpose of drawing lots of caves.
But completely coincidentally, Wednesday and Friday's comics are both extra long... three-pagers, instead of two. (I know they were big because I'm still exhausted from drawing them.) Come back in two days to oggle the first of them!